Great Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga The Pink Sand Beach is a small inhabited island in Zamboanga City in the southern region of the Philippines that is famous for its pink coralline sand.
Great Santa Cruz island, located 4 kilometres (2.49 mi) south of downtown at the Santa Cruz Bank in the Basilan Strait, boasts the only pink sand beach in the Philippines. The color of the sand comes from the pulverized red organ pipe coral from eons of surf erosion mixed with the white sand.
The Pink Sand Beach was recognized by National Geographic In 2017 as one of the 21 Best Beaches in the World.
How to Get to Great Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga The Pink Sand Beach
The Tourist who wish to visit the Pink Sand Beach, you need first go to City Tourism Office in Zamboanga City’s Paseo del Mar, prior reservation is not required.
The boat costs P1,000 round trip, good for 1-10 people, additional P100 per person is charged in excess of 10. Entrance fee of P20 and terminal fee of P5 are also collected for every guest. There are also cottages in the island that can be rented: P100 (small, good for 6 persons), P200 (large, good for 10 persons) and P500 (pavilion, good for 15-30 persons). Expect to have armed police officers to guard and assist you during your trip.
The boat leaving for Santa Cruz Island is located at Paseo del Mar, almost 20 minutes, to reached the entrance of the Great Santa Cruz Lagoon.
Entrance Fee – Php 20
Terminal Fee – Php 5
Beachfront – Php 200
Pavilion – Php 500
Travel Tips and info to visit Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga The Pink Sand Beach:
- You can only visit Sta. Cruz Island from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. Visitors are not allowed to camp out or stay overnight.
- Only a limited number of tourists (up to 400) may visit per day. Make sure to book a slot in advance if you plan to go during peak seasons or weekends. For inquiries, you can contact the tourism office at +63 927 283 5684.
- As Zamboanga City’s premier tourist destination, it is safe to visit Sta. Cruz Island. All visits come with military escorts and armed security personnel from the PNP and Armed Forces are stationed at the island when there are tourists during the day.
- There are cottages with grill stations for rent. Bring enough food supplies and drinking water for your stay. Visitors are not allowed to bring liquor and alcoholic drinks.